Thirteen dogs were killed after being electrocuted in stormy weather.
Storm Dudley brought down a tree which took down a powerline of 11,000 volts that fell on a kennel block near Ampleforth in North Yorkshire.
The runs where the dogs – aged from seven months to six years – were kept were electrified and 13 of the pedigree animals lost their lives in the incident on Wednesday at around 4pm, reports Mirror Online.
Northern Powergrid has begun an investigation.
A Northern Powergrid spokesperson said: “Storm Dudley caused a tree on a customer’s land to fall and bring down a section of overhead power line onto kennels which were situated directly under the section of electricity network.
“Sadly, a number of dogs in the kennel were electrocuted. As soon as we were alerted, we isolated supplies in the YO61 and 62 areas, causing a power cut for around 680 customers. Our contact center advisor also provided immediate safety advice to the customer to stay clear of the area and metal kennel.”
A spokesperson for Cuckavalda Gundogs said: “Jack, Anna and Tom would like to thank everyone who have shown their concern and given help and to Grace Lane Vets for coming out.”
They added: “RIP you beautiful creatures – all taken far too young.”
Red weather alerts are in place for parts of the UK on Friday as Storm Eunice makes landfall.